Dr Helen Young

BCA/BA Hons 1 (Wollongong), PhD (Sydney)
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2434

Website Diverse fictions

Biographical details

My research focuses on issues around representations of power and cultural relations, with a particular focus on race and ethnicity. My PhD explored postcoloniality in Middle English romance. It employed modern postcolonial theory as a lens through which to examine ways in which ‘Englishness’ was constructed in vernacular literature. Since graduating in 2007 I have worked on several projects, including explorations of ways ‘England’ is portrayed in Anglo-Norman chronicles, the reception of Anglo-Norman in the modern era, and contemporary medievalism, particularly in fantasy literature. I have taught in Englsh and Communication, and worked as a researcher in education and nursing.

Research interests

  • Fantasy genre
  • Popular culture
  • Cultural diversity
  • Medievalism

Current projects

My current project, Imagining Diversity: Race and Ethnicity in Popular Fantasy, examines discourses of diversity and difference in fantasy literature, film, television, games, and in the fan cultures which revolve around them. How does fantasy engage with and represent issues and concepts such as cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, and hybridity? How do audiences respond? The project approaches fantasy as an element of popular culture which offers space to both reproduce and reconstruct social norms and engage with real world issues.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Imagining Diversity: Race and Ethnicity in Popular Fantasy Fiction; Young H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Young, H. (2010). Constructing England in the Fourteenth Century: A Postcolonial Interpretation of Middle English Romance. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Book Chapters

  • Young, H. (2010). Diverse Lessons: Cosmopolitanism and Fantasy Fiction Inside and Outside the Classroom. In Loshini Naidoo (Eds.), Education Without Borders: Diversity in a Cosmopolitan Society, (pp. 145-157). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Young, H. (2007). Refusing The Medieval Other: A Case Study of Pre-Modern Nationalism and Postcoloniality in the Middle English St. Erkenwald. In Caroline Hamilton, Michelle Kelly, Elaine Minor and Will Noonan (Eds.), The Politics and Aesthetics of Refusal, (pp. 146-164). Newcastle U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Journals

  • Young, H. (2014). Critiques of Colonialism in Robin Hobb's 'Soldier Son' Trilogy. Extrapolation, 55(1), 33-50. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2014). Race in Online Fantasy Fandom: Whiteness on 'Westeros.org'. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2013). "It's the Middle Ages, Yo!": Race, Neo/medievalisms, and the World of Dragon Age. The Year's Work in Medievalism, 27, 1-9.
  • Wilson, I., Cowin, L., Johnson, M., Young, H. (2013). Professional Identity in Medical Students: Pedagogical Challenges to Medical Education. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 25(4), 369-373. [More Information]
  • Johnson, M., Cowin, L., Wilson, I., Young, H. (2012). Professional identity and nursing: contemporary theoretical developments and future research challenges. International Nursing Review, 59(4), 562-569. [More Information]
  • Reid, C., Young, H. (2012). The new compulsory schooling age policy in NSW, Australia: ethnicity, ability and gender considerations. Journal of Education Policy, 27(6), 795-814. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2011). 'Des Gestes des Englays': England and the English in Piers Langtoft's Chronicle. Viator: Medieval and Renaissance studies, 42(1), 309-327.
  • Johnson, M., Tran, D., Young, H. (2011). Developing risk management behaviours for nurses through medication incident analysis. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 17(6), 548-555. [More Information]
  • Johnson, M., Young, H. (2011). The application of Aronson's taxonomy to medication errors in nursing. Journal of nursing care quality, 26(2), 128-135. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2010). Approaches to Medievalism: A Consideration of Taxonomy and Methodology through Fantasy Fiction. Parergon, 27(1), 163-179.
  • Young, H. (2010). Correction to Translation of Piers Langtoft's Chronicle. Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 57(3), 320-321. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2010). Diversity and Difference: Cosmopolitanism and Lord of the Rings. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 21(3), 351-365.
  • Young, H. (2009). Wodewoses: the (In)Humanity of Medieval Wild Men. AUMLA, Special Issue(2009), 37-47.
  • Young, H. (2008). Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England (review). Parergon, 25(2), 128-129. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2007). Line 33 of St Erkenwald. Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 54(2), 124-125. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2003). "Bi contray caryez this knyght". Journeys of colonisation in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Philament, , 1-5.

Conferences

  • Young, H. (2010). Authority and Historiography in the Chronicle of Piers Langtoft. Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium.
  • Young, H. (2010). The Reception of Piers Langtoft's Chronicle (c.1300) from the 16th to the 19th Century. International Medieval Congress. Brepols Publishers.
  • Young, H. (2009). 'You never laughed in all your life as I shall laugh in death': The Medievalism of G. K. Chesterton. The Medievalism of Nostalgia.
  • Young, H. (2009). Human Shapes and Human Souls: the (In)Humanity of Wodwosen. 35th Congress of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA).
  • Young, H. (2008). 'Des gestes des Englays': A narrative of Englishness in Anglo-Norman. Proceedings of ANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval Aand early modern studies, inc.) 7th Biennal International Conference.
  • Young, H. (2008). Remembering, forgetting, and rewriting the Vikings in "Guy of Warwick". Vikings and their Enemies, Melbourne: Viking Research Network.
  • Young, H. (2008). Writing and Reading the Past in the Middle Ages. Second Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Literature.
  • Young, H. (2007). The footnotes of theory, patterns of influence, and the potential of the postcolonial Middle Ages. Time and Temporalities.
  • Young, H. (2006). National Champion: Single Combat and England's Hero in Guy of Warwick. Romance in Medieval England: 10th Biennial Conference.
  • Young, H. (2005). Athelston and English Law: Plantagenet Practice and Anglo-Saxon Precedent.
  • Young, H. (2005). Translation, history and nation in St Erkenwald. Annual conference of ANZAMEMS.

Reference Works

  • Young, H. (2008). Anonymous: Athelston. Literary Encyclopedia. The Literary Dictionary Company Limited.

2014

  • Young, H. (2014). Critiques of Colonialism in Robin Hobb's 'Soldier Son' Trilogy. Extrapolation, 55(1), 33-50. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2014). Race in Online Fantasy Fandom: Whiteness on 'Westeros.org'. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. [More Information]

2013

  • Young, H. (2013). "It's the Middle Ages, Yo!": Race, Neo/medievalisms, and the World of Dragon Age. The Year's Work in Medievalism, 27, 1-9.
  • Wilson, I., Cowin, L., Johnson, M., Young, H. (2013). Professional Identity in Medical Students: Pedagogical Challenges to Medical Education. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 25(4), 369-373. [More Information]

2012

  • Johnson, M., Cowin, L., Wilson, I., Young, H. (2012). Professional identity and nursing: contemporary theoretical developments and future research challenges. International Nursing Review, 59(4), 562-569. [More Information]
  • Reid, C., Young, H. (2012). The new compulsory schooling age policy in NSW, Australia: ethnicity, ability and gender considerations. Journal of Education Policy, 27(6), 795-814. [More Information]

2011

  • Young, H. (2011). 'Des Gestes des Englays': England and the English in Piers Langtoft's Chronicle. Viator: Medieval and Renaissance studies, 42(1), 309-327.
  • Johnson, M., Tran, D., Young, H. (2011). Developing risk management behaviours for nurses through medication incident analysis. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 17(6), 548-555. [More Information]
  • Johnson, M., Young, H. (2011). The application of Aronson's taxonomy to medication errors in nursing. Journal of nursing care quality, 26(2), 128-135. [More Information]

2010

  • Young, H. (2010). Approaches to Medievalism: A Consideration of Taxonomy and Methodology through Fantasy Fiction. Parergon, 27(1), 163-179.
  • Young, H. (2010). Authority and Historiography in the Chronicle of Piers Langtoft. Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium.
  • Young, H. (2010). Constructing England in the Fourteenth Century: A Postcolonial Interpretation of Middle English Romance. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Young, H. (2010). Correction to Translation of Piers Langtoft's Chronicle. Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 57(3), 320-321. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2010). Diverse Lessons: Cosmopolitanism and Fantasy Fiction Inside and Outside the Classroom. In Loshini Naidoo (Eds.), Education Without Borders: Diversity in a Cosmopolitan Society, (pp. 145-157). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Young, H. (2010). Diversity and Difference: Cosmopolitanism and Lord of the Rings. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 21(3), 351-365.
  • Young, H. (2010). The Reception of Piers Langtoft's Chronicle (c.1300) from the 16th to the 19th Century. International Medieval Congress. Brepols Publishers.

2009

  • Young, H. (2009). 'You never laughed in all your life as I shall laugh in death': The Medievalism of G. K. Chesterton. The Medievalism of Nostalgia.
  • Young, H. (2009). Human Shapes and Human Souls: the (In)Humanity of Wodwosen. 35th Congress of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA).
  • Young, H. (2009). Wodewoses: the (In)Humanity of Medieval Wild Men. AUMLA, Special Issue(2009), 37-47.

2008

  • Young, H. (2008). 'Des gestes des Englays': A narrative of Englishness in Anglo-Norman. Proceedings of ANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval Aand early modern studies, inc.) 7th Biennal International Conference.
  • Young, H. (2008). Anonymous: Athelston. Literary Encyclopedia. The Literary Dictionary Company Limited.
  • Young, H. (2008). Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Modern England (review). Parergon, 25(2), 128-129. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2008). Remembering, forgetting, and rewriting the Vikings in "Guy of Warwick". Vikings and their Enemies, Melbourne: Viking Research Network.
  • Young, H. (2008). Writing and Reading the Past in the Middle Ages. Second Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Literature.

2007

  • Young, H. (2007). Line 33 of St Erkenwald. Notes and Queries: for readers and writers, collectors and librarians, 54(2), 124-125. [More Information]
  • Young, H. (2007). Refusing The Medieval Other: A Case Study of Pre-Modern Nationalism and Postcoloniality in the Middle English St. Erkenwald. In Caroline Hamilton, Michelle Kelly, Elaine Minor and Will Noonan (Eds.), The Politics and Aesthetics of Refusal, (pp. 146-164). Newcastle U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • Young, H. (2007). The footnotes of theory, patterns of influence, and the potential of the postcolonial Middle Ages. Time and Temporalities.

2006

  • Young, H. (2006). National Champion: Single Combat and England's Hero in Guy of Warwick. Romance in Medieval England: 10th Biennial Conference.

2005

  • Young, H. (2005). Athelston and English Law: Plantagenet Practice and Anglo-Saxon Precedent.
  • Young, H. (2005). Translation, history and nation in St Erkenwald. Annual conference of ANZAMEMS.

2003

  • Young, H. (2003). "Bi contray caryez this knyght". Journeys of colonisation in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Philament, , 1-5.

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